And all bear some truth.
But it's this definition by the poet Pound that I keep on going back to.
To Pound, the one quality that outshines all others, and merits the name of genius, is intuition, the ability to see things that others can't.
And Pound himself fits his own description of genius because, if ever there was a man capable of seeing potential in others, that was Pound.
Both James Joyce and T.S. Eliot, the foremost novelist and poet of their day, were not Joyce and Eliot until they met Pound.
And that's simply because Pound saw the nine things all the others missed.
"Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one." Ezra Pound